Encyclopedia of Geropsychology

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| Editors: Nancy A. Pachana

Worry in Later Life

  • Beyon Miloyan
  • Adam Bulley
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-080-3_259-1



Worry features chains of negatively valenced thoughts about potential future events and can be conceptualized as a future-oriented cognitive process aimed at minimizing the likelihood or impact of disadvantageous future outcomes in the face of uncertainty (Borkovec et al. 1983; Dugas et al. 1998; Miloyan et al. 2015a; Szabó and Lovibond 2002).


In its normal state, worry facilitates the detection and management of potential future threats and can also serve as a cognitive coping mechanism for the suppression of negative anxious affect (Borkovec et al. 1998; Eysenck 1992). In its extreme state, it represents the central feature of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and is a source of considerable distress and disability (Andrews et al. 2010; Ruscio et al. 2005). There are age-related differences in the manifestation of worry that may have an important bearing on efforts aimed at conceptualizing...


Generalize Anxiety Disorder Worry Frequency Negative Emotional State Repetitive Thinking Metacognitive Belief 
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  1. 1.Department of Mental HealthJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.School of PsychologyThe University of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia